Kidnapped For Ransom: A Personal Experience

Another worrisome problem in Nigeria

I live in Nigeria, a country richly blessed by God but filled with many problems. Most of the problems are caused by all of us humans – leaders and the citizenry alike. This is a common knowledge but some people will still choose to deny it.

We are all part of the problems and the problems are part of us. But for how long will we continue to live with all the preventable problems that plague us?

Except you are from outer-space, you must be well aware of some of the not-so-good stories of things that befall on us as a people and as the nation with the highest population of black people in the world. Because of that, I would totally understand if you are fed up with hearing ugly tales about Nigeria and Nigerians.

And to be honest with you, most us are tired too, but what can we say? It’s our country after-all – for better or worse.

Just read my story highlighting another worrisome problem we face. It may sound familiar but it doesn’t mean that what happened is acceptable.

As Nigerians, we deserve a better life than the country is offering us.

Our lives and property are in constant danger. Life is almost seen as meaningless here.

Blame it on prolonged bad leadership, you are right.

Blame it on the docility of the the citizenry, you are right too.

Things are getting worse instead of better. The national outlook continues to be frightening to peace-loving citizens and men of goodwill. The reasons are not so far-fetched:

The problems are just too many…

For instance, It is sad to say it that my beloved nation ranks high on the poverty index. In fact, some audacious reports claim Nigeria has become the poverty capital of the world.

What a shame for a country so richly endowed with both human and natural resources – far more than you can find in many parts of the world put together – to continue to wallow in squalour.

As I alluded earlier, the problems in Nigeria are too many. The country is in deep trouble and so are the people.

We are all suffering on many fronts…

Talk of infant mortality, we rank high too. Corruption in government, we are also guilty.

A few years back, according to a media report, a sitting British prime minister referred to Nigeria as a “fantastically corrupt” country. Many Nigerians kicked against that uncharitable appellation, but we know who we are.

It doesn’t mean we are not known for any good things. But this post is not for me to write about the good things in the country but to bring to light another ill that is seriously plaguing us.

Kidnapping…

I mean, kidnapping for ransom – huge ransoms for that matter.

In addition to corruption, high infant mortality, terrorism, kidnapping for ransom is one of the many other bad things happening presently in the country.

People now travel in fear. The situation is that bad.

Kidnapping for ransom in Nigeria

Kidnapping is described as “the action of abducting someone and holding them captive.”

And when a ramson is demanded before the captive is released, then we have a bigger monster to grapple with.

No, kidnapping for ransom is not a new problem in Nigeria. But it has taken on monstrous dimensions – spreading to all parts of the country, and affecting many a large population of the people.

Victims of kidnapping for ransom in Nigeria now cuts across people from all social, religious, economic and political backgrounds. In the past, only expatriate oil workers or their families were kidnapped for ransom payment.

That doesn’t justify the evil act in any way! But the reality of today sees school children and even an average Joe being kidnapped for ransom. And that’s collossally worrisome.

“Kidnapping epidemic”

A recent report by The Guardian stated that, “More than 200 school children remain abducted by armed “bandit” groups in northern Nigeria among more than 1,000 students taken this year as schools in northern Nigeria have become prime targets.”

The paper described what is being experienced in Nigeria as “kidnapping epidemic,” observing further that, “As the economy has suffered, and poorly funded local security forces proved incapable to respond, kidnap-for-ransom attacks have become a lucrative crime. The freedom with which kidnap gangs have been able to operate have caused widespread despair in Nigeria…”

Yours sincerely also recently fell a victim to kidnapping for ransom while on a road trip with my family from Lagos (South West) to Agbor (Midwest).

This is my story…

My personal story of being kidnapped for ransome

Yes, I was kidnapped from my car on the road and held hostage in a forest along Benin-Agbor express road for four consecutive days. And I wasn’t released until a huge amount of ransom was paid on my head.

My friends and family and anyone else who cared about my life were forced to contribute to the ransom money, an equivalent of eight years salaries of a federal minimum wage earner in Nigeria.

Grateful for life even though kidnapped in mourning mood

Being kidnapped for ransom was a sad trajectory in the story of my life, but I’m grateful to be alive to tell the story.

Whether I like it or not, I’ve become part of the kidnapping statistics in Nigeria. I never imagined it, but it happened and I cannot deny that it did.

Before the ugly incident happened, the closest I had come to being kidnapped and held for ransom was in movies I had watched, in the news I read or feeds on social media (pun intended). None of these experiences come close to being a real victim of the dastardly act.

Yes, I was a victim of Kidnapping – one too many. 

Worse of it all, my family and I were in a mourning mood over the loss of the  breadwinner of my father’s house when the incident occurred.

Imagine losing the father-figure in the family. That was the situation we found ourselves.

My kidnapping story is a long one, still it has to be told.

My eldest brother had suddenly died in August 2021. We found it had to believe.

We cried. We grieved. We sobered and we we cried again.

Life must go on for the living but the dead has to be buried too. We had fixed the burial ceremony to take place on September 23 2021 at our quiet home town in Delta State.

Meanwhile, the Christian service of songs had taken place on 18 September, 2021 at his residence in Lagos and with the interment scheduled to take place on 23 September at our village.

All was set for the ceremony to bid our family hero the final goodbye. So naturally – for the entire family and friends alike – all roads led to Delta State for the occasion.

Mine started on Monday 20 September, 2021, in company of my wife and our 11 months old baby. I was behind the wheels in the family car, expecting to reach our destination in five or six hours.

The journey progressed well, without hiccups until the unfortunate incident that prompted this post.

It was a Monday.  The road was free of the typical traffic bottlenecks at the Lagos end of the Lagos-Ibadan highway. So in no time we had progressed to the Ore-Benin expressway.

I suggested to my wife that we should pack and eat lunch at Ore, just as many travelers on that route would do. But we later changed our minds and agreed that we should rather reserve our appetite for the  akpu and native soup delicacy that was already waiting for us at our destination.

And for sustenance for the rest of the journey, we bought bole (roasted plantain) and groundnuts with bananas on the fly.

At Benin we made a stopover at the University of Benin to pick up a nephew of mine and his sister. He joined me on the front passenger seat while my niece joined my wife and our baby in the back seat.

We negotiated our way out of the usual Benin City traffic gridlock and made course to use the Benin bye-pass road leading to Agbor on the Benin-Asaba stretch of the road.

With five of us now in the car, the conversation became more lively. And the fresh bananas we bought were atill available for them to devour.

“How was school?” I asked.

“Fine, thank you sir,” the undergraduate relations chorused.

“Have you been to the village before?” I asked the younger one.

“Yes, that was many years ago when grandma died.”

“Oh, I remember … Then you were a small girl”, I said to my niece. “Now you are a full undergraduate. You are doing well. Please keep it up.”

The conversations continued along that line in a cheerful manner. You know, my wife and I tried to keep their spirit high. Come to think of it, it was their dad who died and we were going to the village to bury.

Army check points

We had encountered several army and police checkpoints in the course of the journey. The last one I saw before we were attacked was after Ahor village. (I remember seeing a road sign with the inscription of the name of the village).

The checkpoint was manned by just two stern-looking officers. (In hindsight, I am now wondering why there were only two officers there as all other checkpoints we passed in the course of the journey had more than two military personnels manning them).

The one closer to my end of the road was clutching his gun as if he was ready to shoot at any time. He flagged me down and asked,

“Where are you coming from and to where…?”

I felt like I saw a slight grin on his face. So I replied politely, “From Lagos to Uniben and then to Agbor.”

He waved us on and looked away. I thanked him and zoomed off on the road ahead.

What happened next was totally unexpected.

Entering the kidnappers trap

Less than five minutes after we passed through that police checkpoint, I sped past a big truck on the road with just a car racing ahead of me, descending towards the place were the road passed through a valley. It was there all hell was let loose on us.

A loud sound pierced through the serene atmosphere of the road we were plying on, jolting us up on our seats. At first, I thought it was a tyre explosion and I began slowing down.

But in a matter of seconds, it had become clear that the sound we heard was a gun-shot, as multiple other shots immediately followed that one.

The shots were being fired from ahead of us, beside us along the road and from behind. We were caught in the middle of gun fires that could pass for scene from a Hollywood action thriller.

In a bid to escape to safety, the driver of the car ahead of mine engaged the reverse gear and sped backwards towards my car. I tried to manoeuvre the car away from his but it was too late.

The rear end of his car crashed into the front end of mine. So we were both stuck and could not move the cars any further.

At that point, some Ak-47 wielding young men fully covered up from head to toe emerged from the side bushes and forced us out of the car. Only their eye balls were visible from the bandits masks they wore.

“We are kidnappers,” they announced forcefully, in pidgin English, “Oya, come out, come down, enter the bush; we go collect ransom for your heads. Make you cooperate with us or we go shoot you dead.”

Before I knew it, I was standing outside the car. And I saw my wife laying flat on the road, clutching our baby to her chest. My other relations were also forced out of the car…

When they dragged me out from the car, my shoes were not on my feet. So standing barefooted on the highway, I pleaded, “Please let me wear my shoes…”

“Forget your shoes,” hollered one of the gunmen at me. “Take only your phone.”

I searched frantically for my phone until I layed my hands on it in a matter of split seconds, throwing my hands up in the air as they commanded.

I observed by their appearance and the language spoken amongst themselves that the gunmen were Fulanis. So I whispered to my wife, who was now on her feet, “Could you speak Hausa to these people?”

I thought that would help. But I wasn’t sure my wife even heard me because I couldn’t speak loud enough.

They ordered all the occupants of my car into the bush. At that point I began to pray under my breadth, “Father, give me my life and the lives of my family…”

I could hear my little baby cry frantically. The sporadic gunshots must have seriously disturbed her.

While we were being marched into the forest against our will, I overheard the conversation between two of the gunmen, “This baby will disturb us. Let’s leave this woman and her baby.”

My wife and our baby were thus left on the expressway while my nephew, my niece and I were taken hostage and led deeper into the forest.*


*To be continued

What Is The Right Attitude With Which To Follow God?

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How is your attitude towards God?

By attitude, I refer to your “settled way of thinking or feeling about something” or someone – in this case, God.

Is it important how you feel or think about God? Yes, it is.

That means your attitude towards God shows us your settled way of thinking and feeling about Him.

If it is that important, what then is the right attitude that should guide the way you think and feel about God? The answer to that question is the focal point of this post.

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Some People Do Not Need To Have A Reason To Hate You

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Not everyone likes you. By now you should already be aware of that.

May be some people do have reasons for hating you. But the truth is that not everyone who hates you has a reason for doing so.

The question is, why do some people hate you? Or better still, why do some people hate you without a reason?

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5 Simple Ways You And Your Spouse Can Grow Closer To Each Other

How close are you to your spouse? Do you wish you were closer to each other than you are presently?

Are there ways you and your spouse can feel more intimate? Do you want to learn how you can be closer to your spouse? If your answer to the last question is ‘yes,’ then let me say congratulations to you because you are in the right place. In this post, you will see five things you should do to be closer to your spouse than you are presently.

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“Should I Remove This Baby?” A Real Life Question From Someone Contemplating An Abortion

In a Nigerian online forum, I joined in an interesting conversation initiated by a young man who got a lady pregnant out of wedlock. He and his partner were contemplating having an abortion but had not made up their minds about it. The man decided to seek useful advice from members of the forum.

Hear him:

“I have an issue bugging me and I need some serious advice because I have been very indecisive so far.

There is a lady I’m seeing. She came to my place a few weeks ago and we had sex, first with condoms and later without condoms… A few weeks later, she called to say she is pregnant [although I gave her money to buy a popular contraceptive drug]…

At this moment, we are considering removing the baby. While I have been very indecisive, she has agreed to go with whatever decision I take and has spoken to a doctor who will do [the abortion].

However, I am unsure as of this moment if I want to go on with this because even though I am done with [schooling], I do not think I have gotten to that point where I can shoulder more responsibilities… And I really do not know who to turn to when I am unable to provide for the both of them.

What do you guys think? Do I go on with this or just let the baby be?”

There goes the big question! Now lets talk about the answers.


As expected, a number of people commented to advise the young man. The pieces of advice came in different shades and colours. But they can be distilled into two:

  • Those who said the guy should carry on with the abortion plan; and
  • Those who advised against having an abortion.

In this post, I’m interested in the latter group. The reason is simple: Long time readers of this blog will have noticed that I’m pro-life.

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Answering Questions Around Giving To Your Local Church

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Without a doubt, there are people who have questions bothering on giving money to a local church. And as there are questions, there must be answers as well.

It is a fact of life that to get the right answers, you have to ask the right questions. And the quality of the answers you get depends on the quality of the people you ask.

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Lessons From Bill And Melinda Gates’ Divorce Announcement

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It is no longer news that Microsoft founder Bill Gates is divorcing Melinda Gates, his wife of 27 years. Perhaps what is news is the unfolding reason for their divorce and the lessons we can learn from it.

Although we don’t have all the intricate details, various media sources have made sure we are not left in limbo with respect to the possible reasons the Gates gave for their divorce announcement.

While publicly announcing that they would be getting divorced, the Gates stated that, “We no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives.”

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3 People In The Bible That Didn’t See Death

Power over death
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Everyone human being alive will die some day. As they say, “Death is the end of all men on earth.” But is it?

In the Bible, we have some people that either didn’t see physical death or defeated it. While I can find two people who didn’t die and who were never buried on earth, there was only one person who died but conquered the power of death forever.

  • Enoch didn’t die but God took him.
  • Elijah didn’t see death but he was taken up by a heavenly chariot.
  • Jesus saw death but He conquered it.

Jesus’ case is a bit different from that of Enoch and Elijah in that unlike Jesus, they both didn’t see death at all. But Jesus ‘saw’ death and He overcame it, eternally.

Let me take on each of the mentioned characters a little deeper.

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One Book That Can Help You Understand The Purpose Of Your Life

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If you are someone that likes to read a lot, you will often stumble on a book that will impact your life in a way you will never forget. Someone may just recommend a book to you at the right time when you need it. Or, perhaps you don’t even know you need it until you begin to read through the pages of the book. But there will always a be a book or two that leaves them most imprints in our hearts.

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Jesus Resurrected For You – Here Is Why

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Jesus was born to die. But that’s just half of the story. The full story is that He rose from the grave with power on the third day and now He is alive forever.

The resurrection of Jesus is the the most powerful event in human history. It was so powerful, the whole powers of hell could not stop it.

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7 Simple Reasons You Should Really Admire Quiet People

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Quiet people are people who are quiet in their personality. And personality is “the combination of characteristics or qualities that form an individual’s distinctive character.” As simple as that may sound, it is better than the popular misconception that quiet people are shy people or introverts.

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6 Ridiculously Simple Tips To Help You Achieve More In 2021

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Do you want to achieve more, live healthier and happier this year? If your answer is yes, then I have something you should be interested in.

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Two Things That Struck Me About Alexander The Great

What made Alexander great
Alexander the Great, source: Wikipedia

I was imbued with a sense of humility as I read the biography of Alexander The Great. His life on earth was not long but he achieved international fame.

You don’t have to be a good student of history to have heard anything about King Alexander. Though he lived several centuries ago, people in our days have not ceased making reference to him in their speeches and strategy meetings.

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2020: Don’t Term It A Bad Year

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The curtain will soon be drawn on what someone has called a treacherous year or what some other people have termed the worst year ever. But is it? I’m wondering what you think of that.

We all know the year 2020 has been a difficult year not just for you but for many people around the world.

Irrespective of whatever you’ve been through in 2020, would you term it a bad year?

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Christmas: The Birth of the Soon-coming King of the World

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Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ – the Saviour of the world. It is the coming of divinity to the Earth. And the birth of Jesus is also the birth of the soon-coming King of the world.

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Christmas: The Coming of Divinity to Earth

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At Christmas you should not only celebrate the birth of the Saviour, you should also celebrate the coming of Divinity to earth.

Why did I say so? Because that’s what the first coming of Jesus to the earth represents.

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Christmas: The Birth of the Saviour of the World

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Christmas is not just the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, it is the celebration of the birth of the Saviour of the world. Therefore have it in mind that beyond all the fanfare that the special season of Christmas brings, Jesus was born to be the Saviour of the world.

We have Christmas because of Christ. Anyone who doesn’t see the ‘Christ’ in Christmas is spiritually blind.

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9 Great Lessons From The Man Who Commissioned Apostle Paul To Ministry

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Apostle Paul was a man of powerful impact in ministry. But do you know that it was an average man that commissioned him to full-time ministry? Who was that man, and what lessons can you learn from him and apply in your life today?

I believe there are life-changing lessons you can glean from the man who commissioned Apostle Paul to ministry. This is what I will show you in this post.

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The Man Who Knew Apostle Paul’s Calling Before Him

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Apostle Paul’s divine calling was spectacular and the purpose of his calling was very clear. But do you know that before God revealed to Paul the purpose of his calling, He had already made it know to a man called Ananias?

Which of the Ananiases in The Bible am I referring to? I will tell you in a moment.

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3 Kinds of People Apostle Paul was Called to Minister to

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The Apostle Paul is widely acknowledged as the apostle called to minister to the Gentles. But do you know that in addition to the Gentiles, He was also called to minister to  two other specific groups of people?

How did I know that? Because Jesus said so in the book of Acts of the Apostles.

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On Apostle Paul’s Title, Authority and Command (And What You Can Learn From It)

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It can be seen clearly from the records in the New Testament Bible that Apostle Paul was a man of no small title, authority and command. He was a lawyer, an Apostle, and so much more.

Although by his own admission, Paul was not an eloquent man, he was an erudite man when it comes to his writings. So it is not a mistake when he chooses some words to describe himself or any other person or matter.

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Thomas, A Humble But Inquisitive Disciple

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Thomas, one of the twelve disciples of Jesus Christ, is widely labeled as the doubting disciple. But not many pay attention to the fact that he was humble and inquisitive at the same time.

So you can call him a humble questioner rather than the widely held unpalatable appellation, “the doubting Thomas.” You will see the reason in this post.

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Why Every Aspiring Writer Should Start A Blog

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If you are an aspiring writer, you should start a blog. Blogging offers you the easiest platform to showcase your writing talent at minimal or no cost at all.

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What Is Your Default Disposition?

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A Facebook friend of mine wrote the following words on her FB wall to mark her birthday: … Today more than ever, with deep retrospective consideration, gratitude fills my heart and so worship is what I bring. Praise has become my default disposition.

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Building Healthy Self-esteem: 3 Familiar Dispositions Hindering Your Progress (and the Counter-Measures)

Building healthy self-esteem is not a journey of just one day. It is something you should continue to work at so long as you are aware that your self-confidence is not at the right level.

But you have to examine yourself to be sure that you have not assumed some familiar dispositions that are hindering your progress.

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Consistency In Blogging: If You Abandon Your Blog, Your Blog Will Abandon You

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How consistent are you in your blogging journey? I have been blogging long enough to know that if you abandon your blog, your blog will also abandon you.

Realise that your inconsistency is a major setback to your success in blogging. I’m telling you that now in case you don’t know.

Let me put it in another way: You cannot create a memorable blog if you are inconsistent with it. You can be sure about that!

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5 Simple Ways to Honour Your Father on Fathers’ Day

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It’s that time of the year when we celebrate our fathers – on Fathers’ Day, every third Sunday in the Month of June.

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“I Can’t Breathe” Hasn’t Always Been A Negative Expression

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“I can’t breathe,” has now become the rallying chant for the Black Lives Matter massive protests in major cities around the world. It has also become the slogan being used against social injustices of diverse kinds.

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On Premarital Sex And  Steve Harvey’s 90-Day Rule

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Have you ever heard of the so-called Steve Harvey’s 90-day rule with respect to the timing of sex in a dating relationship? Whether your answer is yes or no, join me as I examine that issue in this blog post.

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Ravi Zacharias, A Good Christian Soldier Goes Home

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“Ravi Zacharias, who spent his life defending Christianity through books and lectures, has died. He was 74.”

That was how CNN reported the death of internationally renown Christian apologists, Dr Ravi Zacharias on 19 May, 2020.

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Two Things That Struck Me About Alexander The Great

What made Alexander great
Alexander the Great, source: Wikipedia

I was imbued with a sense of humility as I read the biography of Alexander The Great. His life on earth was not long but he achieved international fame.

You don’t have to be a good student of history to have heard anything about King Alexander. Though he lived several centuries ago, people in our days have not ceased making reference to him in their speeches and strategy meetings.

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Six Different Tests You Can Use When Making Decisions (According to Pastor Rick Warren)

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Every day you are presented with the opportunity to make certain decisions. Sometimes, you know what to do and sometimes you don’t.

Sometimes your decisions come out good and you are glad. But sometimes, your decisions bring you nothing but guilt and shame, of which you are sad.

How can you avoid the trap of making those decisions that will make you regret at the end of the day?

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Dealing With The Time Element Involved In God’s Promises For Our Lives

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When we talk about God’s promise for our lives, we refer to “a solemn pledge, [by God] to perform or grant a specified thing” based on His grace and faithfulness.

As children of God, we have various promises He has promised to perform in our lives. And as you already know, these promises do not take place automatically; a time element is usually involved.

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The Church Girl 1 – A Book Review

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Thanks to the covid 19 lockdown, I was finally able to have the needed free time to rummage through my bookshelf for some books I had always wanted to read but never had the sufficient time to do so.

One of such books was The Church Girl. I was delighted to still have the autographed copies, which I had erroneously assumed had been ‘borrowed’ off the shelf.

The texts in the following paragraphs are my humble attempt at reviewing the book.

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Covid 19 Pandemic: Beyond The Conspiracy Theories

Conspirarary theories around covid-19 pandemic.

The novel coronavirus pandemic also known as covid 19 is still ravaging various parts of the world. Although concerted efforts are being made to contain the pandemic, the global picture is still very gloomy.

For a disease as deadly as the coronavirus pandemic, it will make a lot of sense for us to figure out and be absolutely sure what caused it – for posterity sake.

But going by various reports monitored on social media, there is hardly a worldwide consensus as to the actual cause of the disease. As a result, several conspiracy theories exist…

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In His Resurrection – A Poem

In His birth
Divinity became enwrapped in humanity
For the salvation of mankind.

In His death
Divinity suffered in the hands of humanity
Paying the price for the salvation of mankind.

In His resurrection
Divinity had Him forever established
As the only Saviour of mankind.


©2020|Victor Uyanwanne

Are You Restrategising For The Life After Covid 19 Lockdown?

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Are you restrategising for the life after the covid 19 pandemic? How will your life change when the covid 19 lockdown is over? Or is it possible that it’s not going to change at all?

As you know, this lockdown is not going to continue forever. At some point in future (no matter how long that will take), the stay-at-home order will be lifted.

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Jesus Still Died And Resurrected – Covid 19 or Not

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Coronavirus lockdown or not, Jesus still died and resurrected. We shouldn’t stop talking about it, no matter the conditions we find ourselves.

A few days from now, Christiandom will be celebrating the Easter, an annual event to mark the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.

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7 Broad Ways To Maximise Your Life During A Lockdown

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The city where you live or work may be on a lockdown but your life should not be on a shutdown. Even as much movement is restricted, there are things you can do within your home to maximise your life during the lockdown.

Due to the covid 19 pandemic movement of people around the world has been largely restricted. The slogan is now “stay at home”,  “stay safe,” or “work from home.”

However, not everyone is equipped with the facility to work from home. So apart from working, what else can you do to maximize your time at home in a period of lockdown?

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Covid 19 Pandemic: Can Prayer Save The Day?

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We often say in Christian circles that “prayer is the master key,” “there is nothing prayer cannot do,” “if there is a man to pray, there is a God to answer,” and so on and so forth.

All these statements underscore our strong belief in the efficacy of prayers in resolving difficult situations. And I am convinced that in our individual lives, we all have had instances where prayer saved the day for us in our moments of crisis.

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Covid 19 Lockdown: Maximising Your Personal Time And Curing Boredom

How to maximise your personal life

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One good thing that has come out of the covid 19 lockdown around the world is the fact that most of us now have more personal time at our disposal than we have had in many years.

With the stay-at-home order by the government, we have slowed down significantly from our fast-paced daily lives to the one where our movement has been largely restricted.

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3 Innocuous Things About False Prophets You Should Be Wary Of

Dealing with false prophets.

For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, ‘Do not let your [false] prophets who are among you and your diviners deceive you; pay no attention and attach no significance to the dreams which they dream or to yours,
Jeremiah 29:8 AMP

1. False prophets are always amongst you

Some one said, “if the devil would come as the devil I would know him and avoid him.” But you see, the devil is a master of disguise, so he would put on different forms to deceive you.

One of such forms is familiarity. He comes to you through things and people you are familiar with so that you will be caught off-guard.

The same thing can be said of false prophets. You can find them amongst people around you, people you already know and people that belong to the same group or church with you.

It would be a serious mistake to assume that there are no false prophets around you. Please take another look at God’s warning through Prophet Jeremiah:

“Do not let your [false] prophets who are among you and your diviners deceive you…” (emphasis mine).

Did you notice that the warning is against prophets who are amongst you, not the ones that are afar off?

Not strangers, but familiar people; those who present themselves as harmless, yet have hidden evil agenda.

Speaking along this line, Jesus echoed a warning to His disciples saying, “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves” Matthew 7:15.

If a wolf comes as a wolf, you will see it and escape to safety. But if a wolf disguises as a sheep, you will not immediately take the requisite caution, thereby increasing the chances of your being caught unawares.

That’s the kind of danger you are exposed to with false prohets if you are not careful enough. Thankfully, you are not at their mercy.

As Jesus assures us, “You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act.”

Innocent things about a false prophet

2. False prophets want your attention

Do you have any idea of what it means to be an attention seeker? Think of someone who behaves in a certain way with a view to eliciting your attention or validation.

That’s what false prophets do; they put on shows to grab your attention.

But getting your attention is not an end in itself. What they really want is for you to believe in them as though they were true prophets.

As Jeremiah puts it, they want you to “attach some significance to their prophecies.” It is up to you whether or not to oblige them.

3. False prophets want you to attach some significance to their prophecies

Even though false prophets know in themselves that they are false and self-serving, they still want you to take them seriously.

Once they have your attention, they will want you to attach some significance to what they say. And that is where the danger really is.

But as prophet Jeremiah advises us, “pay no attention and attach no significance to the dreams which [false prophets] dream…”

In other words, when you see a false prophet, pay no attention to him or her and do not attach any significance to whatever he or she has to say.

The above advice is worth repeating: Pay no attention to a false prophet and attach no significance to his or her words. We will take a deeper look at that in the next post.


Thank you for reading and please leave me a comment.

Coronavirus Pandemic: In Times Like This

You and you faith during a pandemic.

It is no longer news that coronavirus has become a global pandemic. And it has significantly impacted the way we do things at home, at work, at play and even at our worship places.

Owing to this ravaging disease, many deaths have been reported across the world. And the number is increasing daily.

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Coronavirus : Reshaping The Way We Do Things

Spread rate of Corona virus
Source: worldometer.info

The coronavirus was reported to have broken out in Wuhan, China in 2019. But nothing much changed around the world because of it untill this year.

From that Chinese city where the virus started, it has spread to many places around the world. From Italy to Germany, UK, US, France, etc it has spread in alarming proportions.

Even my beloved country Nigeria is not spared. From just one case a month ago, a total of 50 has now been officially recorded.

If that is not alarming, the global statistics is. With over 382,000 cases and over 16,500 deaths so far around the world, the picture is really very bad.

Thankfully, over 102,500 recoveries have been reported. But the scourge has not been fully tamed.

Corona virus - global statistics
Source: worldometer.info

The result of all this is that there is fear in the land. Movements have been restricted, lifestyles altered in immense proportions, reshaping the way we do things.

In effect, life is no longer the same. Everything as we used to know it has changed, sadly not for the better yet.

Apart from the loss of lives, world economy has taken the worse hit. Most stock markets have lost a huge chunk of their value in the last few weeks.

Crude oil price is at its lowest ebb in the last five years. This is not good for Nigeria my country that depends on the sale of crude oil for 90 percent of her annual foreign exchange earnings.

Beyond that, we have seen the government take some radical decisions. Our international borders have now been shut: no going out and no coming in.

Airlines are grounded. Interstate travels also restricted.

Hand washing with soap and water or health sanitizer is one culture everyone is practicing.

People are afraid to mingle. This is the era of social distancing. For some people it is self-isolation.

The year of 2020 will surely go down in history as the year of social distancing. Everyone is trying to stay safe from Corona virus.

Federal and State government workers have been ordered to stay at home to prevent further spread of the virus. “Don’t worry, your salaries will still paid in full” assured the government.

Even the private sector employers are not left out. Many of them have ordered their staff to work from home until further notice.

Except for a few instances, working from home has not been part of our experience in this part of the world. But now the by-word has become, if you must, work from home, stay at home and stay safe.

As I am typing this I am at home, with a view to staying safe from the pandemic. Thanks to our employer, some of us don’t have to go to work this week. Yet our salaries will be paid in full.

By implication, while it is already given that most companies incomes for the year might take a deep due to coronavirus pandemic, their costs will certainly rise. It is hoped the situation doesn’t get worse.

Coronavirus scare has also affected the way we worship. By Government order, no church or mosque can gather 20 people in one place in the name of worship.

For most mega churches here, services have always been streamed online but we still preferred to attend physical fellowship.

All that has now changed. More of my fellow citizens have bought into the idea of attending online church services.

Schools around the nation have since been shut down. Scheduled weddings have been postponed. Sports, entertainment and other social events have been put on hold.

Let me stop here for now. The point has already been made. Coronavirus pandemic has reshaped the way we do things. How long this forced lifestyle change will last is something no one is yet sure of.

Global consequences of Corona virus.

In what way has the coronavirus scare reshaped your life?

How Correct Is The Claim That Atheism Is Not A Choice?

When I published The problems of atheists finally figured out on this blog, it generated many comments from my readers, especially from the so-called atheists.

As I responded to the comments one after another, I saw one that picked my interest: Atheism is not a choice. This post is a further attempt of mine to address that notion.

Is the claim that atheism is not a choice correct? I believe it is not.

In my own opinion, atheism is definitely a choice. I will like to hear what you think, but I have my own reasons for saying so.

First and foremost, believing that God exists is a choice some of us had to make. If the act of believing that God exists is a choice, the act of not believing is also a choice – whether active or passive.

Remember the saying, “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” Either way, there is a failing.

At some point, Jesus made a remarkable statement that adds credence to what we are saying here:

Anyone who isn’t with me opposes me, and anyone who isn’t working with me is actually working against me” Matthew 12:30.

You see, it’s either you have declared for Jesus or you have declared against Him.

Simply put, there is no middle ground; it’s either you have chosen to be with Jesus or you have chosen not to be with Him.

And if you have chosen not to be with Him, it means you have chosen to be against Him. Either way there is a choice and that choice is yours.

That is to say, if you believe God exists, it’s a choice you have made. If you believe He doesn’t exist, it’s also a choice you have made.

In conclusion, it is incorrect to claim that atheism is not a choice. This is because, we are all responsible for our individual choices.

What we believe is our choice, what we don’t believe is our choice.

We believe God exists, it’s our choice. We believe He doesn’t exist, it’s our choice.

So when next you hear someone say, “atheism is not a choice,” please recognise that statement for what is: a deception.


Do you agree that atheism is a choice?